Toronto Blue Jays assistant GM leaves baseball... for Apple
Jay Sartori, formerly assistant general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball franchise has left to join Apple's App Store team as manager of the sports category. Shi Davidi reports for SportsNet:
Sartori is taking over as the tech titan’s manager of the App Store’s sports and entertainment category, a departure from the arbitration, contract and collective bargaining agreement interpretation work he handled for the Blue Jays.
The App Store doesn't run itself, and Apple has teams in place to do everything from developer relations to reviews to editorial and more. Poaching someone from MLB to run the sports section is certainly interesting, but more than anything reflects the energy they put into apps in general.
Here's hoping Sartori helps bring even more, and better great sports apps to iPhone, iPod, and more...
Update: Here's an interesting story on Sartori from The Star, printed back in 2011:
Sartori can analyze baseball statistics with the best of them. He did the numbers on Stephen Strasburg and Jose Bautista. He developed software for the commissioner’s office and helped construct the current Basic Agreement between players and owners. And all of that was after he worked for two investment banks in Boston.
Source: SportsNet, thanks Michael!